Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales
About This Project
The Ballad of Beowulf the Great
King Beowulf's Eulogy
I now have an in-depth understanding of Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales because of the pieces I have written. Creating the literary pieces for this project required more than just understanding the plot-- it required the analysis of the topic I chose for the piece, and forming it into a theme relating to one of the literary works. I chose "power" as my topic because I know power can be portrayed in many ways. Throughout my project, power came in the form of strength, respect, and control-- which I incorporated into each theme. The ballad was the hardest piece for me to write because, unfortunately, I'm not that good at rhyming and keeping a consistent syllable count. The diary entry was the most enjoyable to write because I chose Death, an unexpected personified character, and wrote a diary entry based on the events of The Pardoner's Tale. I also incorporated some of my research about the influence of death in Anglo-Saxon literature to make Death a more complex character. In the future, I will identify and analyze themes in any literary works I read. Identifying repetitive topics and themes really changed my analysis of Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales. The theme is a unifying/central idea, and analyzing it in each piece created a new, in-depth level of understanding for me.